To Implant or Not To Implant: What Role Does Imaging Play?
This case is presented by the University of Toronto, Department of Oral Radiology Residents: Edwin Chang, Sherif El Saraj, Catherine Nolet-Levesque, Daniel Turgeon, Niloufar Amintavakoli, and Trish Lukat. Pre-operative images provided courtesy of Dr. Milan Madhavji of Canaray | Specialists in Oral Radiology.
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A 72-year old female patient of African-American descent presented to an Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology clinic for pre-operative dental implant imaging. Cone beam CT examination yielded the following images:
Axial cone beam CT cross-sectional image at the level of the mandibular alveolar process
Rendered panoramic reconstruction from cone beam CT data set
Bucco-lingual cone beam CT cross-sectional images through the anterior mandible
What is your interpretation of the radiographic abnormality observed in these images? Does this finding pose any potential problems with regional implant placement?